April 1, 2008
Contact: Leni Fortson
PHILADELPHIA -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Roofing, Heating & Metal Contractors Association have joined resources to promote workplace safety and health for employees in the local roofing industry.
This agreement establishes one of more than 470 alliances with OSHA nationwide, which are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the safety and health of employees through cooperative partnerships with trade associations, labor organizations and employers. The Roofing, Heating & Metal Contractors Association represents approximately 20 small roofing contractors working throughout the Philadelphia metropolitan region.
Through the alliance, OSHA will work with the association to exchange information on the best safety and health practices in the roofing industry.
"We are very excited about the opportunity to reach out to small business owners with guidance on fundamental safety and health issues that may arise during their routine work activity," said OSHA Philadelphia Area Office Director Albert D'Imperio. "Fall hazards remain the leading cause of fatal accidents and injuries in the construction industry. With a focus on education and training, this alliance will allow us to work closely with employers to reduce employee exposure to falls, as well as address other recognized roofing hazards."
OSHA's Philadelphia Area Office, which has jurisdiction over Philadelphia, Delaware and Chester counties, is participating in the alliance. The office may be reached at 215-597-4955.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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